Body Search and Recovery: Assisting Law Enforcement

“Dr. Snow’s expertise in forensic anthropology resulted in positive identifications in all of our recovered remains cases.”

-Joseph H. Lumpkin, Sr., Chief of Police, Athens-Clarke County (GA) Police Department

Human Remains Analysis & Recovery

Dr. Snow is an expert in body search and recovery. In his six years as the Forensic Anthropologist for the State of Georgia at Large, he conducted more that 60 human remains recoveries.

These recoveries included surface scatters, clandestine graves, and the excavation of nine wells. He spent eight months in Bosnia recovering human remains from mass graves for the International Commission on Missing Persons and in Kosovo as an agent of the United Nations.

Although it is often believed that the work of the forensic anthropologist begins only after the remains are located, recovered, and brought to the lab for analysis, the work of the forensic anthropologist should begin at the scene.

Recovering human remains is something that few crime scene investigators do with regularity, and mistakes made during recovery can compromise an investigation before the remains ever leave the scene. In addition, Dr. Snow is trained in recovery techniques that are little known to most crime scene investigators.